Yesterday afternoon at The FADER CMJ Sideshow delivered by at&t we watched Brooklyn singer Betty Black open her set with a killer cover of the Buzzcocks classic “Ever Fallen In Love” that totally sounded like Nancy Sinatra playing with the Cramps but really, really slow. Yes, it ruled. Betty suffered from some minor monitor issues but managed to pull through in style and gave Sideshow attendees a memorable performance. When she finished we kept ourselves busy waiting for Free Moral Agents and Alberta Cross by dancing to the sounds of old friend DJ Lindsey and between preening around in our fanciful new Pumas and chugging from the freezing aluminum bottles of Bud Select, we even managed to catch a co-worker jamming out to Guitar Hero. Awesome.
Check back for video footage of the gigs yesterday and, if you’ve RSVP’d, swing by the space today and tomorrow to jam, dance, and thirstquench.
Upon our arrival RKiD was spinning jams both old and new (Sabbath into Felix Da Housecat? Whaaaa?) before California’s Imperial Teen took the stage for a schooling in how to sound like a rad hybrid of the Breeders and X. We don’t know if they’re made up of two husband/wife duos (they look like they are) [Ed. Unlikely.] but we could feel the family love in the room. Or maybe that was the SoCo punch.
Glaswegian rockers Biffy Clyro were up next, shirtless, tattooed and armed with loads of distortion pedals. Dudes sounded really full for a trio and our ear drums were killing us afterwards. Job well done. Earlier in the afternoon we got our exclamatory-band-name jones fulfilled when we caught performances from Montreal indie trio We Are Wolves and New Zealand group Cut Off Your Hands, both of whom also slayed in an equally exclamatory way.